Director Steven Spielberg has chosen his next project, and it is not Matt Helm as previously speculated, but rather a remake of Harvey, a 1950 movie based on a play. This is a planned contemporary adaptation, but if you are unfamiliar with the details of Harvey, allow me to fill you in. It is based on what /film describes:
…an amiable eccentric, Elwood and his six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit imaginary friend Harvey, which causes problems for his family and friends.
Yes, you read that correct, a dude who has a 6’3 1/2″ make believe rabbit for a friend. Think the opposite of Donnie Darko’s buddy. Now, for someone with the respected ouevre of Spielberg, is this something to get excited about? Let’s say, the possibility of Tom Hanks or Will Smith speaking to an imaginary rabbit? In 1950, it was Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, and the stage play was performed more than 1500 times on stage, with the play winning a Pulitzer in 1944. I know that remakes are all the rage, showing Hollywood’s almost total lack of creativity and vision in recent years, but this from a guy revered for those specific talents? Color me disappointed. I have never seen the original, so I can’t comment from that standpoint, but the man who made Minority Report will be doing what appears to be a smaller more intimate project this time through. This sounds rather “uninspiring” to me on the surface. Share your thoughts, especially if you have seen the play or original movie.
Also, just to follow up on an earlier story where it was hinted that Lindsay Lohan had a role on the table in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming film Machete, it is being reported (by Lindsay herself initially) that she has accepted said role. She will be in the film and I consider this a strong choice for her. I can see her hopefully re-establishing herself in some way as an actress capable of maintaining the big screen in a professional manner and then maybe, in time, remaking her passion project on Marilyn Monroe which she is supposedly trying to obtain financing for. She has been shot as the famous actress on a few occasions in photos, so maybe, ust maybe LiLo can get her career back on track after living a life of tabloid fodder in the last 4-5 years or so.